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Friday, April 24, 2009

Negative with There + Be

Try these online games:

After trying those activities, I want you to describe the things in this picture. 
Write 3 sentences each with:
is - There is a cockatoo in the picture.
isn't - There isn't any car in the picture.
are - There are a lot of birds in the picture.
aren't - There aren't any buildings in the picture.

Post these to your blog and copy the above picture to your blog as well.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Grammar Bites - There is - There are - There isn't - There aren't

Make 10 sentences about Jakarta from the following words:
(art museums) There are some art museums in Jakarta.
(golf courses)
(shopping centres)
(International Schools)
(ice rinks)
(virtual reality game centres)
(movie theatres)
(car wash centres)
(photocopy centres)
(chair lifts)

Post your sentences on your blogs with a photo for each sentence. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Embedded Maps from Google

View Sumbawa Island in a larger map
Today I learned about how to manage maps from Google and embed them in your blog. This is great for the PYP Exhibition teams as you can work on a map collaboratively. 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Our List of Minerals

Uncountable Nouns (is)
iron ore

Countable Nouns (are)

There is a lot of gold found on the Island of Sumbawa.
There are a lot of diamonds found in Kalimantan.
There are lots of rubies found in India.
There is a lot of agate found in Sukabumi.

Mineral Game

Today in English we learned about Uncountable nouns like water, gold or coffee. We are learning about these in connection with our UOI about Finite Resources. We learned about how to describe the quantity of each noun by saying "A lot of gold" or "Lots of gold". 
The class worked in teams to find out about different minerals found in the world and then to locate them on a world map. We used the timer in my iPhone to make the team game more exciting. Each student then wrote sentences about each mineral and its location.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mapping Games and Finite Resources

Inspired by a talk this morning - we would like you to learn about the location of different countries. After you have done this, you will be required to locate finite resources around the world.
To help you, I have found some online games to teach you.
Click here -
Try playing the different games. The first one is a tutorial.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Using mLearning Techniques

I am experimenting with using the iPhone as a tool for education. Today I downloaded Google Earth and Geotags. Google Earth is the mobile version and on the iPhone you can get an instant GPS location of where you are standing! You can also tilt your phone and the horizon on the map changes.
Geotag is a photo App that allows you to tag via GPS the location of where you are taking the photo. You can also add notes and voice recordings. The advantage of this one is that it is integrated with Google Maps.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A New Creative Project for Gr 5!

Today we started a new project as a class. We are planning to visit Sekolah Batu Buin in Sumbawa next month so we are making a book about life at our school to present to them during our visit.
It will be called "Life at SWA".
Intro to SWA
Students of Grade 5 – in table groups
PERSONAL GOALS Learner Profiles
The SCHOOL – facilities, location, uniform, break time games etc
21st Century Learning – the student perspective
Special Groups – Student council, Tech X, the Authors Club
Special projects:
SPORE Comics
Clock inquiry
Koran Berani
Online personal sites
Class Newsletters
Today we brainstormed the content and then took a picture with our laptops of our table groups. We finished the lesson by making an introductions page of each table group. Tomorrow we will divide up the different focus articles amongst the class.

The PYP Exhibition has begun!

Today the Gr 5 officially started the Exhibition process. All the students got a copy of the Exhibition Journal that they must write in each week with their inquiry updates. Today the kids were also put into working groups. There are 5 inquiry groups in the class. The homework tonight is to write a personal definition of the central idea:
Living creatures are connected to, have the right to use, and the responsibility to protect finite resources.
Tomorrow we will work on creating group wikis to use as the inquiry builds.